The United Church of Christ, through Global Ministries, has been working with our partners in the Middle East since the beginning of the current immigration and refugee crisis in Jordon, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. Our church is committed to working with those partners on site to meet the immediate needs of the refugees, those internally displaced and advocating for justice and fair treatment of all God’s children.
We also have longstanding partners in Europe who are responding. The Waldensian Church in Italy is addressing the tragedy of refugees crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa and there have been direct conversations with German and Hungarian partners who are responding to the influx into their countries.
Global Ministries has been working with our partners in two ways: meeting the immediate needs of the refuges and the internally displaced, and doing justice advocacy to address the underlying causes. Information is regularly posted on the Middle East and Europe portion of the Global Ministries website: http://www.globalministries.org/mee
Our churches are invited to please pay particular attention to the Middle East Initiative which was launched at General Synod and which has Exile and Diaspora as one of its emphases. The initiative includes an opportunity to give financially to support the refugee work: click here, and there is information on advocacy opportunities: click here. Your church can give on line, or checks can be sent to 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, marked “Refugees.” Refugee work is also supported by OGHS and donations can also be made via that route: OGHS.